Medical Advice on Public Forums....

I don't really know who I am venting about, the people seeking medical advice or those giving it. The harm in giving advice is that, well, if a person is asking for medical advice on a public forum, they may just be naive to take the advice as fact.


Honestly, this is just not the place.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm
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Maybe they couldn't find the answer on webmd?  lol

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 2:38 am
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The only kind of "medical advice" I think people should give out is "Go see a doctor."


I'm on another forum (NWR) and they are VERY strict about dispensing medical and legal advice. They will lock/close threads that get too far into the armchair diagnoses. You can say "You should see a doctor" or "I would consult a lawyer", but not give specific advice, if that makes sense.


I like that PW is so open and the don't lock/close threads (at least that I've noticed!), but yeah... sometimes a message board is NOT where you should be turning for answers, and it's sad that so many people encourage it. :(

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 3:05 am
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Some people just take things based solely on what others say. They shouldn't even be on a public form to begin with. If they can't take it as advice and seek medical help from a real doctor.


My thought is (for the smart ones).. That I like to hear some people's expereinces with this and that, but also advise to go to the doctor..

Well I went through this, and this is what my doctor said about that... But I'd still see the doc if i were you..

That type of advice is OK with me..
I know where you both are coming from as well..

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 4:09 am
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I totally feel you! I have no room to talk because I hardly ever go to the doctor but I would NEVER take medical advice from anyone on the internet, doctor or not. It makes me very nervous when I see ladies seeking/giving medical advice on here. I think it actually should be regulated in some way.

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 9:00 am
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I agree with Lady hope, If you are going to give medical advice simply say "go to a doctor"


Well said LadyHope!:)

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm

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